Naan set for au­tumn

The Sunday Times - - RACING - GLENN MCFAR­LANE MARIBYRNONG PLATE

TONY McEvoy is con­fi­dent his im­pres­sive colt Run Naan can mea­sure up to the rich­est twoyear-old races in the au­tumn af­ter pro­duc­ing a dev­as­tat­ing burst to score in yes­ter­day’s $150,000 Group 3 Maribyrnong Plate.

The vic­tory added to an im­pres­sive car­ni­val for McEvoy, but he is now ex­pec­tantly looking to next year’s Blue Di­a­mond and Golden Slip­per af­ter pro­vid­ing the first and third placeget­ters in the open­ing race at Flem­ing­ton.

“He is a good colt, I couldn’t have been more im­pressed with him,” McEvoy said.

“I will pop him aside now and come back for the au­tumn and have a look at him. This is a pretty big stage, but the au­tumn is the big­gest stage for these ba­bies.”

Run Naan ($13) is one of 12 horses McEvoy has in the sta­bles for Sheikh Mohammed Bin Khal­ifa Al Mak­toum and it is a re­la­tion­ship the trainer is keen to ex­pand upon, say­ing it rep­re­sents a great brand­ing point for his busi­ness.

“Sheikh Khal­ifa bred this horse and they sent him across to me and they have bred a re­ally good colt,” he said. “I am so ex­cited to have these colours (in the sta­ble).”

The colt played up a lit­tle be­fore get­ting down to the bar­ri­ers yes­ter­day but pro­duced his best when the gates flew open. He started slowly, but came into the race with a with­er­ing run late, fin­ish­ing over the top of En­cryp­tion ($5.50) and McEvoy’s other run­ner Belzella ($9.5).

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